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23rd October

  Belief in Repression...

Burma to re-introduce video censorship as sexy films are offensive to religious beliefs
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Burma flag 2010 A censor from Burma's Motion Picture and Video Censor Board, said that video censorship is to be re-introduced in Burma. He claimed that many recent movies have portrayed behaviour that supposedly runs counter to Burmese culture.

The movie censorship board announced earlier this year that, beginning on 1 December, such films will be subject to the old censorship system, whereby they are required to be evaluated and approved by the censor board prior to distribution.

Tin Nyein, a board member, further explained that this was a response to the large number of sexually-explicit films released in recent years that are offensive to certain religious beliefs.

 

23rd October

  Opera Censorship...

Jewish community protests against the New York staging of The Death of Klinghoffer
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Death Klinghoffer DVD Sanford Sylvan Composer John Adams' controversial The Death of Klinghoffer opened Monday night at New York's Metropolitan Opera to the sound of protest.

The opera was inspired by the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro ship and the killing of disabled Jewish American Leon Klinghoffer by members of the Palestinian Liberation Front,

The protesters attempted to disrupt the production by calling out slogans during the performance, but loud applause from the audience drowned out the voices, as it did scattered boos at the end of the first act.

The Met released a statement Monday that said the opera:

Deals with a difficult subject: the horrific murder of an innocent man during an act of terrorism committed in 1985. However, the fact that 'Klinghoffer' grapples with the complexities of an unconscionable real-life act of violence does not mean it should not be performed.

Unofficial estimates put the crowd outside at 500 to 1,500 people. Scores of police officers were deployed and barricades ringed the pavilion, but unrest was largely limited to verbal volleys between patrons and a few breakaway protesters closer to the opera house.

Many of the speakers at the protest, organized by Jewish groups such as the Zionist Association. of America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, wore yellow stars, an appropriation of the mark Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, and called for future boycotts of the Met. Dozens of volunteers also sat in wheelchairs referencing Leon Klinghoffe.

 

20th October

 Update: Death of Justice...

Death sentence against a woman in Pakistan accused of a religious insult stands after failed appeal
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Pakistan flag Pakistani 'justice' continues to do its bit to contribute to the dreadful reputation of islam. A Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy after supposedly making derogatory remarks about Islam to her Muslim neighbours has lost her appeal to have the decision overturned.

In 2010, Asia Bibi got into a dispute with neighbours and co-workers after they objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

She was later reported for defiling the name of the religious character Mohammed during the argument and became the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's disgraceful blasphemy law.

The shocking case hit global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help Bibi were assassinated, one by his own bodyguard.

 

19th October

 Offsite Article: Man jailed in California for being an atheist...

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California state seal After politely opposing the religious aspects of a mandatory drugs treatment program

See article from thinkprogress.org